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A Prayer in Spring
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Robert Frost


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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating 'round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

 

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Robert Frost (1874-1963) was born in San Francisco, but moved to Massachusetts with his family after his father's death in 1885 and, ultimately, lived in a number of homes and farms throughout New England. Though he attended several prestigious colleges and universities, he never graduated from any of them. Nonetheless, Robert spent most of his adult life teaching, receiving more than forty honorary degrees, along with four Pulitzer Prizes. Robert's interest in poetry started early; he published his first poem while in high school, sold his first poem at twenty, and by the age of forty, was one of America's best known and best loved poets. Rural life is a consistent theme in Robert's poetry, as is simplistic language that is pleasing to the ear; he felt strongly that poetry was best appreciated when read aloud.

 

 


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Lori Levy:
I love Robert Frost. Thanks, Jayne.
Posted 03/22/2016 08:45 PM
transitions:
The most beautiful season ~ thank you for the 'Frost', the only kind I like :)
Posted 03/22/2016 08:19 PM
Mary Lou Taylor:
Thanks for the Frost poem, and thanks for your description of the drive to Hilton Head. Beautifully written.
Posted 03/22/2016 02:41 PM
KevinArnold:
Strong poem, one I'd never seen. Thanks!
Posted 03/22/2016 10:01 AM
Dorcas:
Thank you. Bringing us into the season devoid of the chaos of our time. So refreshing.
Posted 03/22/2016 08:32 AM
Newf:
Thank You. Having a coffee and reading this wonderful poem. What a beautiful start to my day. Reminds me that yes, spring will soon be here and to be thankful.
Posted 03/22/2016 07:04 AM


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